After Mitt Romney lost the 2012 election to Barack Obama, the Republican National Committee conducted a post mortem study. The party found that if they hoped to grow, they would have to find support within the African American and Latino communities.
While the GOP won an election in 2016, it’s fair to say that they haven’t improved their relations with minority voters. Donald Trump is wildly unpopular with both Black and Hispanic voters. During a recent appearance on MSNBC, Republican strategist Rick Tyler said that it could be generations before the GOP wins back these voters.
Tyler, who previously worked with Texas senator Ted Cruz, said that the GOP has a demographics problem. “If you want to talk about the Republicans as they exist today: if you don’t recruit minorities and you don’t recruit women, it’s just math, it’s just a matter of time before those minorities become majorities, or at least you’ll have minority-majority populations in many states and many districts.”
The strategist also discussed the radical change in the party since they made Trump their standard bearer. He continued, “I was concerned about the Republican Party’s recruitment of women and minorities. But I’m less concerned about the Trump party, because I don’t believe… there is a Republican Party left.”
Tyler closed his remarks by saying it won’t get any easier to win these voters over in the future. “I think we’ve had such a setback it may be a generation before Republicans have a hope of winning back them if we can ever reconstitute Republicanism,” he said. “Because we don’t have Republicanism anymore, we have Trumpism.”